The Reading / Listening - Mutant Virus - Level 2

Forty countries have blocked travel to and from the United Kingdom. European countries, Canada, Iran, Russia and India are among them. The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19. The new coronavirus is a mutant - it has changed from the original virus that started spreading earlier this year. Some nations blocked transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at least two weeks. Many countries are reviewing the situation. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from France. A lot of the UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.



The UK government says the new virus is 70% more infectious than the original coronavirus. It is so fast-spreading that it is "out of control". Many parts of the UK are now in lockdown. The government issued new rules about mixing with other people. Most people can only spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to see other family members or friends. A politician said: "The news over the last 24 hours has been deeply disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled." The UK leader told people that there would be enough food.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mutant Virus - Level 0 Mutant Virus - Level 1   or  Mutant Virus - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/coronavirus-latest-britain-cut-off-by-30-countries-as-mutant-covid-strain-out-of-control-1.1098247
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55391289
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-britain/wrapup-1-world-closes-borders-to-britain-as-new-coronavirus-strain-breeds-panic-idUSL1N2J10IW


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Forty countries have blocked
  2. Russia and India are
  3. The reason is because of
  4. The new coronavirus is
  5. it has changed from
  6. started spreading earlier
  7. for at
  8. caused by a travel
  1. least two weeks
  2. a new strain
  3. the original virus
  4. ban
  5. travel
  6. a mutant
  7. among them
  8. this year

Paragraph 2

  1. the new virus is 70%
  2. the original
  3. It is so fast-
  4. out
  5. The government issued new
  6. deeply
  7. The number of coronavirus cases
  8. there would be
  1. spreading
  2. enough food
  3. rules about mixing
  4. disturbing
  5. has nearly doubled
  6. coronavirus
  7. more infectious
  8. of control

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Forty countries have (1) ___________________ and from the United Kingdom. European countries, Canada, Iran, Russia and India are among them. The (2) ___________________ of a new strain of COVID-19. The new coronavirus (3) __________________ - it has changed from the original virus that started spreading earlier this year. (4) ___________________ transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at (5) ___________________. Many countries are reviewing the situation. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from France. A lot of the UK's (6) ___________________ the English Channel from France.

The UK government says the new virus is 70% (7) ___________________ the original coronavirus. It is so fast-spreading that it is "(8) ___________________". Many parts of the UK are now in lockdown. The government (9) ___________________ about mixing with other people. Most people can only spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to (10) ___________________ members or friends. A politician said: "The news over (11) ___________________ hours has been deeply disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled." The UK leader told people that there (12) ___________________ food.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FortycountrieshaveblockedtraveltoandfromtheUnitedKingdom.Eur
opeancountries,Canada,Iran,RussiaandIndiaareamongthem.There
asonisbecauseofanewstrainofCOVID-19.Thenewcoronavirusisamu
tant-ithaschangedfromtheoriginalvirusthatstartedspreadingearli
erthisyear.SomenationsblockedtransportlinkstotheUKforafewdays;
othersforatleasttwoweeks.Manycountriesarereviewingthesituation.
ThebiggestproblemsarebeingcausedbyatravelbanfromFrance.Aloto
ftheUK'sfoodcomesacrosstheEnglishChannelfromFrance.TheUKgov
ernmentsaysthenewvirusis70%moreinfectiousthantheoriginalcoro
navirus.Itissofast-spreadingthatitis"outofcontrol".ManypartsoftheU
Karenowinlockdown.Thegovernmentissuednewrulesaboutmixingwi
thotherpeople.MostpeoplecanonlyspendChristmaswiththepeopleth
eylivewith.Theycannottraveltoseeotherfamilymembersorfriends.Ap
oliticiansaid:"Thenewsoverthelast24hourshasbeendeeplydisturbin
g.Thenumberofcoronaviruscaseshasnearlydoubled."TheUKleaderto
ldpeoplethattherewouldbeenoughfood.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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